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M-121 Ballad Of Beta-2 Alpha Yes Terra No GOOD
Alpha Yes, Terra No By Emil Petaja
Earth's space-thrust had taken her farther and farther out, grasping for habitable planets to house her overflowing population. She had come to the rim of the Alpha Centauri system, where she knew she could find new homes. Only, she would never reach them.
The Alphans had been watching Earth for centuries, seeing its technological advances and moral stagnation. They had erected a barrier against her attempts to enter their system. Finally, they decided she was a canker on the face of the Universe, and they decreed her total destruction!
Only a small group dissented, and they sent one Alphan, Thovv, to save all of Earth.
The Ballad Of BETA-2
By Samuel R. Delany
A truly outstanding effort by the young Samuel R. Delany, one of the last before he decided to soak his brain with drugs and evaporate his talent.
Centuries ago, the Star Folk had left Earth on twelve spaceships on a generations-long mission to colonize the distant stars. Ten of the ships had reached their destinations. Two had failed-and nobody, in the hundreds of years since the disaster, had the slightest inkling of what had happened.
Joneny, a student of galactic anthropology, was assigned the problem. It had seemed routine to him. Just some faster-than-light travel to the two wrecked ships, a bit of poking around, and then writing up his findings.
But he was ill-prepared for what he found in space at the sight of the two ancient wrecks. One, the Sigma-9, was not subject to the laws of time-stasis (the only exception to a universal law), and it was covered entirely with a mysterious green fire that shimmered so much that it seemed alive! And the other ship, the Beta-2, was nowhere to be found. Only a fragment of a mysterious poem could possibly provide a clueâ¦.
Covers have some dirt, heavy crinkling and edge and corner wear. Spine is good except for nubbed corners. Pages are tan. Binding is tight and squar